Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has revealed he “never imagined” playing for his boyhood club.
The 30-year-old has been in blistering form since sealing his shock move from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua on Deadline Day in January.
Not only did the move come as a surprise to the football world, but the former Watford forward – who grew up supporting the Premier League giants – also never thought he'd ever represent United.
“When you say those kinds of things (about the prospect of playing for United when he was a child), people say ‘are you crazy?' because back then you don't even know what the future holds,” the Nigerian told beIN Sports.
“First you just want to go outside the country to start playing – even for a small team, not even to talk of going to United.
“But my support for the team was great. I tried to see every game of United every weekend if possible. I still remember those memories.
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“I never imagined it was going to turn out this way. Even when I played in the Premier League for Watford, I never thought this was going to happen.”
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